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June 24, 2013

College Stars: Georgetown's O'Connell wins prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

Senior basketball player Taryn O’Connell of Georgetown won numerous academic, athletic and sportsmanship awards in a fine four-year career at Bates.

The highlight was winning a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for an English teaching assistantship in Malaysia.

The environmental studies major, who averaged 9.3 points while making a school record 90.0 percent of her free throws this winter, first learned about foreign cultures through Lewiston’s large Somali community.

She was quoted in the Bates website: “Basketball was the medium through which I became a part of a community that initially treated me as an outsider and I’m grateful for the power that sports had to teach me about my players’ culture, as well as providing a means to share my own.”

She said the Fulbright work in Malaysia, “will enable me to think and act as a global citizen.”

Durable Falcon

Bentley freshman shortstop Alex Borrelli of Salem and Central Catholic played every inning this season. She batted .279, led the team in hits (38), runs (20), doubles (6) and triples (3) and led the NE-10 in assists (142).

Rhody Raiders

Three members of URI’s New England champion women’s track team are from Central Catholic. They are freshman Ashleigh Marks of North Andover (personal best 15.53 100 hurdles), freshman Lanie Jowett of Atkinson (personal best 12:00.77 3,000-meter steeplechase) and sophomore Nicolette Pelrine of Methuen (personal best 2:18.35 800).

Case closed

Case Western senior co-captain Nick Errico from Londonderry recently wrapped up a fine career highlighted by a fifth-place at the UAA Championships, where he vaulted a career best 14-5.

His academic success is even more impressive.

He won the prestigious Case Western Biomedical Engineering Chairman’s Award for academic achievement and service. The magna cum laude graduate is pursuing his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Cal-Berkeley, where he’ll study bionic limbs.

NESCAC Scholars

The NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team included Amherst senior Kristen Moulton (North Reading, track), Bates senior Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, track), Bates sophomore Caroline Kem (Merrimac, rowing), Bates junior Jarret McKallagat (Atkinson, track), Bates junior Devin Tatro (Haverhill, track) and Bowdoin sophomore Will Ossoff (Andover, track).

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